Start-up Visa Application

The Start-Up Visa is an ideal visa category for new entrepreneurs who wish to set up a business in the UK for the first time.

*This route is now closed for new applicants; you may apply for the Innovator Founder Visa instead.

About the Start-Up Visa

With the entrepreneur visa no longer being available, the Start-Up Visa offers business people the opportunity to gain access to the UK and begin a path towards settlement through the Innovator Visa once they have been based in the UK for three years. The next steps would be to then apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain and potentially British Citizenship later down the road.

Start-Up Visa requirements

There are numerous requirements in order to obtain a Start-Up Visa, depending on your personal and business circumstances.

It is important to make sure that you have met all of the requirements before applying for a Start-Up Visa as a well-presented case that highlights that you meet all key requirements is much more likely to be accepted in a timely manner.

Working alongside a legal team like QC immigration will help you put together and present a strong case.

The following are some key requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must meet the English language requirement.
  • You need to show that you have sufficient personal savings to support yourself while you are in the UK. In particular, you need to prove that you have had at least £1270, plus £630 for each dependant in your bank account for 90 consecutive days prior to the application.
  • You must not have been in breach of immigration laws, except for any period of overstaying allowed under the Immigration Rules.
  • You must not have previously established a business in the UK.
  • Your business must be innovative, viable and scalable.
  • Your business or your business idea must be assessed and endorsed by an authorised endorsing body.

As a QC Immigration client, you will benefit from a detailed document list, document checks, a thorough guide for any interview and ongoing advice to help you meet the above-mentioned requirements.

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Applying for a Start-Up Visa

You need to apply online for a Start-Up Visa via the Home Office website. How you apply will depend whether you are applying from outside the UK or switching from another visa.

You will be required to have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre in order to obtain a biometric residence permit as part of your application. Thereafter, you will have to collect your biometric residence permit within 10 days of when you initially stated that you would arrive in the UK. The cost for fingerprinting and photographs is approximately £19.20.

Settling after a Start-Up Visa

You cannot apply for any permanent settlement schemes through the Start-Up Visa, there are, however, ways in which you can work towards settlement while on a Start-Up Visa.

You may apply to switch to an Innovator Visa and after three years of continually residing in the UK on an Innovator visa, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

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How QC Immigration can help with your Start-Up Visa

Our team of experienced legal professionals will be able to help you build a strong case with all the relevant documentation handled and submitted in an efficient and timely manner which will give your visa application a greater chance of being accepted. We can also provide recommendations for Endorsing Bodies that our clients have successfully secured endorsements from.

If you would like to learn more about how we can help you with a Start-Up Visa application, you can contact a member of the team; please call 0203 637 8633 or email today. Our fee is fixed and affordable.

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